The Citadel Bulldogs used a seven-run third inning and pounded out 19 hits en route to a 15-2 victory over No. 25 Tennessee that snapped the Volunteers' five game winning streak at The Citadel Invitational at Charleston, S.C.
The game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the fifth inning that saw Tennessee catcher Javi Herrera and The Citadel third baseman Dallas McPherson ejected for fighting. As a result of their ejection for fighting, both are suspended for their team's next contest. For Tennessee it will be Monday's game against the College of Charleston. For The Citadel it will be Wednesday's game versus St. John's.
With one out and runners on second and third in the fifth, Philip Hartig hit a ground ball back to UT pitcher Brandon Crowe who threw to third to get Daryl Byrd in a run down between third and home. After a subsequent throw to Herrera, he came up with a hard tag on Byrd. The two exchanged words as McPherson came up, along with other members of Tennessee's team on field. Herrera then tagged McPherson after the play had been called dead by the umpires. Herrera and McPherson then began to fight at third base as both benches cleared.
No other players or personnel were ejected and no serious injuries incurred.
Wyatt Allen (1-1) lasted just 2 1/3 innings in suffering the loss. He allowed nine runs on nine hits with three walks and two wild pitches.
Eric Talbert (1-0) earned the victory in six innings of work.
A lead off home run by Chris Burke and a Bulldog error helped stake the Vols to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first. Burke's lead-off homer was the first by a Vol since he did it against East Tennessee State April 26, 2000.
But that lead was short lived as The Citadel sent nine men to the plate and scored four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Following an Allen wild pitch which led to the Bulldog's fifth run in the second, The Citadel exploded for seven runs in the third capped by a three-run double by Hartig and a two-run home run by Stuart Jordan in taking a 12-2 lead.
Jordan's second home run of the game gave the Bulldogs a 15-2 lead in the fifth.
Dan Wilson collected two doubles to lead Tennessee.
Tennessee faced the College of Charleston Monday at 3 p.m. in Charleston. Results were not available at press time.